Useful Real Estate Web Sites
Here's a short list of some of the more useful real estate and real estate related sites on the web.
When you click on any of the links below, you'll see the site you chose, along with a form at the bottom of your screen. Use it to get answers for any questions you might have about anything you find.
Remember: It's my job to know more about real estate than any web site!
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GOVERNMENT REAL ESTATE RESOURCES
Try the US Census
FedStats.com, or the
Labor Statistics for useful information. The
site is full of resources. Don't forget
Freddie Mac, or
Mae. Get home buying tips from the
Federal Consumer Information Center.
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Chamber of Commerce or
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Pricing >The Value of Your House
One of the sayings from the "gold-rush" days--"Them that's got the gold, sets the price!"--is also a principle that applies to real estate. We say that a house is only worth what someone will pay for it, even though the owner, the bank, and the agent all have their own opinions about the "market value" of a home. In other words, no sale ever takes place until the buyer agrees with the price.
How can sellers arrive at the maximum "fair" price that buyers are willing to pay? Buyers (and appraisers) make their decision based on comparisons. While shopping for a home, buyers will visit many similar homes in their price range and measure the features of each one against the price. They decide which house offers them the maximum value for the price. Buyers do not expect a home to be a "steal" or dramatically under-priced, but they do expect it to be a fair value.
Sellers must determine the value that their home offers in order to arrive at the right price. The real estate agent will advise the sellers what buyers should be willing to pay for their home, but the asking price is set by the seller.
What island was sold to Peter Minuit by the Indians for goods valued at 60 guilders ($24)?
Peter Minuit arrived with a group of Dutch settlers in 1626 and purchased what is now known as Manhattan.
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